Our school recognises our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our pupils, both in reality and the virtual world. 2020 has been a year like no other, and it has posed significant challenges to our young people as well as presenting them with opportunities to reflect, re-evaluate and reset. The closure of educational settings in March meant that our pupils had to spend even more time online in order to learn as well as maintain contact with friends and family on social media. There is no doubt that the internet is an essential part of all of our lives and it can be an incredible force for good. However, we must remain vigilant and do all that we can to ensure our young people are safe online.
We work hard in school to inform and advise our pupils on a range of online safety issues, but we understand that most of their online engagement takes place when they are at home. It can be a daunting prospect as a parent or carer when trying to navigate through the rapid changing world of online safety advice, appropriate apps, gaming and social media platforms, so we hope the information below is useful to you. As we approach Christmas and many new devices may appear under the tree, it is the perfect opportunity for you to have a conversation with your child about how to stay safe online.
SWGfL are a not for profit charity ensuring everyone can benefit from technology free from harm. They have a fantastic website full of useful resources, but the links below are an excellent starting point covering topics such as parental controls, social media, screen time and gaming.